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For centuries, the majesty and mystery of the Great Smoky Mountains have lured mankind. The Cherokee were among the first to build thriving communities here, and backcountry frontiersmen were next to put down roots. In time, visitors arrived, eager to take in the cool mountain air, and returned home with stories of "hillbillies." Then came those who used the mountains for their own advantages, such as lumber barons, armed with steam shovels and skidders. Eventually, civic boosters from western North Carolina and east Tennessee took note and began advocating for the protection of the Great Smoky Mountains. Before a national park could be established, though, there were competing interests to be sorted and a consideration of the lives affected.
About the Author
Drawing from public and private collections of vintage postcards, Adam H. Alfrey, curator of exhibitions at the East Tennessee History Center, illustrates how a rallying cry for preservation, pleasure, and profit sustained a successful grassroots campaign to create Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the United States.
Table of Contents
1 The Specter of Poor Depraved Hillbillies 11
2 A Veritable Paradise of Beauty 23
3 To the Free People of America 49
4 Objects of Interest to Millions of Tourists 75
5 The Highlight of Your Mountain Trip! 87
6 Y'all Come Back 99